Sunday, May 24, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 24 – 27, 2020

Baltimore Activist Alert – May 24 – 27, 2020

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to Max Obuszewski, BNC, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 [at]

1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Get involved with NCNR   
4]The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks”
5] Bill Marker is running for the seat in District 10 for Baltimore City Council.  
6] FOOD NOT BOMBS Soupstock – May 24
7] Takoma Park Farmer's Market – May 24
8] Baltimore Ethical Society closed -- May 24
9] Call Our Revolution supporters in the Baltimore area. – May 24
10] Trump Stay at Home – May 24
11] COVID Conversations with CAIR – May 24 - 31
12] Laudato Si' Online Faith Sharing Group – May 24
13] Emergency Healthcare Town Hall – May 24
14] Feed the Homeless – May 24
15] Baltimore Phone Bank May 24
16] How can we all get Healthcare during a Global Pandemic – May 24
17] Food Drive May 25
18] Pentagon Peace Vigil – May 25
19] Healthcare Not Warfare May 25
20] Peace Caravan – May 25
21] Get Money Out – Maryland call May 25
22] Phonebank for progressive candidates – May 25, 28, 27
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Call Max at 410-323-1607.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars.

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  

4] – Courtesy of the National Park Service and Google Arts & Culture, you can do a Virtual Tour of Five National Parks Online. ”The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” is a satisfying escape. Whether you spend five minutes on the site or an hour, it’s an important reminder that the world is still beautiful and wonderful and weird, even in uncertain times.  Learn more about how you can take a digital adventure into your national parks:

5] – Bill Marker is running for the seat in District 10 for Baltimore City Council. He is deeply committed to the community and promises great constituent service, better city government, community building and bold ideas.   You can speak to him at 443-827-6669 or email him at

6] – On Sun., May 24 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, get with FOOD NOT BOMBS Soupstock, 3510 Ash St., Baltimore 21211. Food Not Bombs will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Food Not Bombs Soupstock global festival. Food Not Bombs is a group of independent collectives that share free vegan food with the hungry in nearly 1,000 communities in at least 65 countries, and provides food and logistical support for social justice protests and relief efforts. Its anniversary celebration is intended to inspire the public to join in the group’s work to end hate, war, poverty, and the destruction of the environment. Check out

7] – On Sun., May 24 and May 31 from 10 AM to 2 PM, enjoy the Takoma Park Farmer's Market hosted by Purple Mountain Organics, 7120 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park 20912.  Get freshly processed grains, flours, beans and seasonal produce. Go to
8] -  Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21218, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion at 10:30 AM.  However, the meeting on Sun., May 24 seems to be cancelled.  Email Visit

9] – On Sun., May 24 from noon to 2 PM, phone bank for Our Revolution Endorsed Candidates. Call Baltimore Our Revolution supporters to check on them during the pandemic, invite them to the next chapter meeting, and let them know about the endorsed candidates!  Sign up to make calls here:

10] – On Sun., May 24 from 2 to 4 PM, Baltimore tell Trump Stay at Home, hosted by the Peoples Power Assembly.  Gather at 20th and N. Charles Streets, Baltimore 21218 to get in line for the car caravan. Decorate the cars and drive to Fort McHenry as a group in a funeral procession. Bring your signs to tell Trump No to racism and bigotry, Yes to workers. Raise justice for Ahmaud Aubrey along with all of the other major issues including demands for $2,000 a month, health care etc.  Visit

11] – Enjoy COVID Conversations with CAIR from Sun., May 24 through Sun., May 31 from 3 to 3:30 PM. This program is themed "Mental Health: Part of Muslim Heritage or Taboo."  Discuss how to keep harmonious and balanced relationships. See Facebook Live at or YouTube Live at  Visit

12] – On Sun., May 24 from 3 to 4 PM, this is the end of a New Sunday Series - Laudato Si' Online Faith Sharing Group, hosted by Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, WDC 20036.  Pope Francis has invited Catholic communities around the world to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week, May 16 to May 24. He invites us to take an honest look at our progress in the five years since Laudato Si’ was released and to consider the next steps in our “ecological conversion.” In response to Pope Francis’ invitation, the co-chairs of the Creation Care Team, Phil Downey and Simone Seym, will host the Laudato Si’ Online Study Series, a seven-week web-based series on Sundays from 3 to 4 PM with no session on Easter Sunday.  RSVP at Join through Zoom: Check out

13] – RSVP to Mike Fox at for the Progressive Democrats of America Emergency Healthcare Town Hall on Sun., May 24 at 4 PM ET. Dr. Bill Honigman and special guests will answer your questions and discuss your concerns.  

14] – On Sun., May 24 and June 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Feed the Homeless by the Islamic Center of Maryland and Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, 19411 Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg 20879. Go to ICM created a partnership in 2003 with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, a male-adult only facility. ICM has since then, almost always, on the fourth Sunday of each month sponsored and served hot dinner meals to the shelter residents/clients. Sign up to prepare food and drop off at ICM by 4:30 PM. Sign up to pick up food from ICM and deliver to the shelter, 6 Taft Court, Rockville.  Help serve food at the shelter from 5 PM. To sign up for any month, visit  Email  Look at

15] – On Mon., May 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, be at a Baltimore Phone Bank, hosted by the Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund. Make phone calls to JUFJers for its endorsed candidates in Baltimore City.  There are three one hour shifts for folks to choose from. Once you're signed up for a shift, you'll receive an email with call-in instructions from a staff member.  Click the link to the easy sign-up form: or see

16] – Our Revolution is hosting a webinar - How Can We all get Healthcare during a Global Pandemic from 6 to 7 PM on Sun., May 24.  In collaboration with the Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition and the Arundel Patriot, it will be broadcast live on Our Revolution Maryland's Facebook page: and at the website: RSVP at

17] – On Mon., May 24 through Sun., May 31 from 6 AM to 6 PM, get involved with the ACTC Food Drive at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E Ridgely Road, Lutherville 21093. Havenwood Presbyterian Church is a collection center for ACTC. There are two coolers outside the main office door for drop offs. These are collected daily, brought inside for safe keeping, and delivered on a weekly basis to ACTC for distribution. May is traditionally the Month when Havenwood hosts a Stock the Pantry drive - helping ACTC with specific needs. While all donations are welcomed, and needed. ACTC has asked Havenwood to provide mac and cheese and diced tomatoes - as they have an extreme shortage of these items right now.

The Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC), formed in 1985, is an ecumenical consortium of 50 congregations (Havenwood is a founding member) joined to efficiently and effectively reach out with help for the needy in communities.  ACTC is open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM to provide fresh and non-perishable food to neighbors in need.
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18] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is May 25, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Email or call 202-882-9649.  The vigil will be outside the Pentagon's south Metro entrance and in the designated "protest zone" behind bicycle fences across from the entrance to the Metro.  By Metro, take Yellow Line and get out at the "Pentagon" stop. Do not go to the Pentagon City stop! Go up south escalators and turn left and walk across to protest area. By car from D.C. area, take 395 South and get off at Exit 8A-Pentagon South Parking. Take slight right onto S. Rotary Rd. at end of ramp and right on S. Fern St. Then take left onto Army Navy Dr. You can "pay to park" on Army Navy Dr.,  and there is meter parking one block on right on Eads St. Payment for both of these spots begin at 8 AM.  No cameras are allowed on Pentagon grounds. Restrooms are located inside Marriott Residence Inn on corner of S. Fern and Army Navy Dr.  

19] – Historically, Memorial Day has been used to mourn the dead in a way that, quite frankly, idealizes war and fuels more military spending at the expense of healthcare and other life-supporting needs. On Mon., May 25 at noon, engage in peace. This weekend also includes International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament dedicated to exposing war as the leading cause of the climate crisis.  Decorate cars and bikes with messages of peace: Healthcare Not Warfare, War Is Not Green, Global Peace Now, and all the other messages you want to share as we raise the flag of peace.  Go up to 16th Street to the Cuban Embassy to remind everyone what "Healthcare not Warfare" looks like: Cuban doctors fighting COVID19 in 22 countries. Start at The White House, corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and 17th St.  RSVP Here  Say No More War and Support the UN Call for a Global Ceasefire.

20] – A group of organizations in Baltimore are joining with CODEPINK, which is organizing demonstrations around the country, to do Peace Caravans on May 25, Memorial Day.  This is the plan for Baltimore. The theme will be a Peace Caravan for HEALTHCARE, NOT WARFARE.  Advocates can participate in two ways on May 25.  If you have a vehicle, you will decorate it with some peace signs and park by Wyman Park just off 29th Street at 5 PM.  Those without a vehicle will gather with peace signs wearing masks and remaining six feet away from each other at 33rd and North Charles Streets by John Hopkins University, our #1 nuclear weapons contractor.

  At 5:30 PM the Peace Caravan will depart heading north on Howard Street.  The lights on the vehicles will be turned on and blinking, and the horns will be honking. It will continue to Wyman Park Drive near the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Continue to follow around the university on San Martin Drive until University Parkway.  At the light, the caravan will turn right and proceed to Charles Street.  There it will head south hugging the university past 33rd Street until turning right at 29th Street.  Then it will go south on Maryland Avenue until 25th Street.  There it will turn left and head to Greenmount Avenue.  At Greenmount, turn left and go north until 33rd Street. Turn left and head to Barclay Street.  At Barclay turn left and head south to 25th Street.  At 25th turn right at Guilford Ave.  Head north until 33rd Street.  Go to St. Paul Street and turn left.  Head south to 25th Street.  At 25th turn left and go to Calvert Street.  Turn left on Calvert and proceed to 33rd Street.  At 33rd head to Charles St.  At Charles Street turn right and head north.  Cross University Parkway and pull into the parking lot of the Episcopal Cathedral. 

Those on foot at 33rd Street will join us in the parking lot.  Circle and celebrate with masks and social distancing, as we will alert the progressive neighborhood of Charles Village that Peace Will Not Be Denied.  Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net to get involved with Baltimore’s Memorial Day Peace Caravan. 

21] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., May 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  There are two ways to join the conference: Dial 1 929 205 6099, and then use meeting ID: 512 862 260. Or Click on your device if you have downloaded the app from Zoom. The focus will be on organizational sign-ups, public relations, and logistics for lobbying in Annapolis.

22] – According to SUNRISE, What People Power Looks Like, study after study has shown that person to person conversations are the #1 way to build support for a candidate.  Phonebank for Andrew Romanoff on Mondays from 8 to 10 PM EST.  Phonebank for Charles Booker on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM EST. Phonebank for Jamaal Bowman on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM EST. Sign up to commit to phone banking weekly at These calls are going to the states of these candidates -- New York, Kentucky, and Colorado. Check out

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore, MD 21212.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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